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EAA president Tom Poberezny welcomed Hal Shevers, founder and chairman of Sporty's Pilot Shop, and Dale Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Design, to the EAA booth at this week's annual National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta. It was the first opportunity the three had to meet face-to-face since EAA's Gathering of Eagles fundraiser, held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. That night Shevers was the winning bidder for the first (SN1) Cirrus light-sport aircraft - the premier item of the event donated by Cirrus. Both Cirrus and Sporty's are on-going supporters of EAA's youth outreach programs designed to encourage children to explore the many career and recreational opportunities available through aviation. Pictured above are (l to r) Michael Wolff, Sporty's president; Tom Poberezny; Dale Klapmeier, and Hal Shevers.

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City of Jacksonville Repeals Anti-Homebuilding Ordinance
“Absolutely happy!” Milford Shirley, president of EAA Chapter 193, could hardly contain his enthusiasm Wednesday when he informed EAA that the Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously to repeal a city ordinance that prohibited working on or storing airplanes in residential areas. The council voted 15-0 in favor of City Bill 955, which repeals the so-called Everett Ordinance prohibiting parking, storing, repairing, and operating flying craft and airboats in residential districts.  Read more

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See exciting aviation-related videosA Pilot Like Any Other
Meet Sean O'Donnell, who earned his sport pilot certificate through a scholarship from Able Flight, an organization which provides funds for people with disabilities to take flight-training.

Visit EAA's multimedia offerings for a look at this and other videos that feature the spirit of EAA - our members, the aircraft they build and fly, chapter activities, plus gems from our archives.

This is your last week to enter! September 30 is the entry deadline for EAA's AirVenture Video Competition where you can submit your own video taken at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007. The grand prize is a new Canon HD camcorder! To learn how you can win, visit the EAA AirVenture website
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News & Views from EAA September 28, 2007    Volume 7, Number 47
The day after the U.S. House of Representatives soundly passed its GA-friendly HR 2881 FAA reauthorization bill last week, the Senate Finance Committee approved a version of S. 1300 that mirrors the excise tax increases included in the House bill. (Avgas from 19.3 cents to 24.1 cents per gallon, 21.8 to 35.9 cents per gallon for non-commercial jet fuel, and maintaining the 4.3 cent-per-gallon tax on commercial airliner jet fuel).  Read more
International Aerobatic Club President Vicki CruseCongratulations to International Aerobatic Club President Vicki Cruse, who won the unlimited title at this week's 2007 United States National Aerobatic Championships at Grayson County Airport, Sherman/Denison, Texas. Cruse placed ahead of Michael Racy, Goody Thomas, Robert Armstrong, and Debby Rihn-Harvey. Also, Jeff Boerboon is the Advanced National Champion after finishing ahead of co-Advanced teammates Todd Whitmer, Hector Ramirez, Patrick (Dan) Clark, Rob Holland, Malcolm Pond, Craig Dobesh, and Doug Bartlett. For the latest news and complete results, visit www.usnationalaerobatics.org. The competition concludes Saturday, September 29.
USAF IMAGES PROVIDE POTENTIAL CLUES FOR FINDING FOSSETTThis weekend, new clues derived from the U.S. Air Force radar and satellite images will be explored in hopes of solving the perplexing disappearance of pilot Steve Fossett, who has not been seen since Labor Day (September 3). Searchers in the air and on foot will attempt to explore an area about 100 miles southeast of Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch including the Silver Peak Range near Death Valley National Park in California. A private search effort by Fossett's family and friends continues.
REGISTER TODAY FOR AN EAA SPORTAIR WORKSHOPNo matter what kind of airplane you're planning to build, there's an EAA SportAir Workshop to show you how. Upcoming courses still have plenty of room and include:

  Tig Welding - October 19-21, at our facility in Griffin, Georgia.
  RV Assembly - October 13-14, at Frederick, Maryland and October 27-28, Lakeland, Florida
Full workshop - October 20-21, at Lewis University, Chicago, Illinois (includes Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Electrical Wiring, Introduction to Aircraft Building, and What's Involved in Kit Building)

Plus, there is still a chance to enroll in this weekend's (September 28-30) E-LSA Repairman and Inspection Course being held at Flabob Airport, Riverside, California. For all the details on these and other SportAir Workshops, visit www.sportair.com, or call 800-967-5746. Register now!
EAAERS RECEIVE MEMBER PRICING ON KING SCHOOLS SPORT PILOT INSTRUCTOR COURSESJust as was done for its popular sport pilot courses, King Schools has implemented special EAA member pricing for its Sport Pilot Instructor series. Specifically, the Sport Pilot Flight Instructor/FOI (Fundamentals of Instructing) Knowledge Test Course is $239 for EAA members ($279 for non-members); and the Flight Instructor Practical (Checkride) Course is $99 for members ($119 for non-members). Both courses are available through EAA at the online store, or call 800-843-3612.
Announcing the release of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 DVD!
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 DVD!Due to the incredible number of requests from EAA members, we've decided to once again release an official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh souvenir DVD. It features the best of the 2007 convention compiled from the new www.AirVenture.org online video player. This 75-minute DVD includes daily highlights, the F-22 Raptors, Goodyear Blimp, the seaplane base, North 40 campers, interviews with Jim Lovell and Morgan Freeman, and much more. You can pre-order your copy today (item #F09503, DVD format only) by calling 800-JOIN-EAA, or by ordering through EAA's online or print catalog starting in late October.
ATTEND THE B-17 'KEEP IT FLYING' TOUREAA Chapter 256 will host the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast as it resumes the "Keep it Flying" tour September 28-30 at Kokomo, Indiana's Municipal Airport. The tour heads to Asheville, North Carolina, Regional Airport October 2-3 (chapter 1016) then it's on to Charlotte, North Carolina, October 5-7, hosted by EAA Chapter 309 at Concord Regional Airport; Greenville, South Carolina (October 9-10, Chapter 249, Greenville Downtown Airport); and Atlanta, Georgia, Gwinnett County Airport - Briscoe Field (October 12-14, EAA Chapter 690). For the complete tour schedule, including online reservations for flight missions, visit www.B17.org, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org for more information.
EAA SPEAKERS BUREAU NOW AVAILABLEIs your chapter looking for a guest speaker for an upcoming chapter meeting…a speaker fluent in discussing a wide variety of aviation topics like safety, aircraft construction, aviation innovations, history, aeromedical concerns, or other topics? Then you should check out the new EAA Speakers Bureau, an on-line directory located on the EAA website. Here you'll find a wide variety of speakers by name, topic, and state. Your chapter can and arrange for a speaker to appear at an upcoming chapter meeting.  Read more
WORLD OF FLIGHT CALENDAREAA's 2008 World of Flight calendar features stunning aircraft photographed by EAA's award-winning photo staff. This calendar highlights not only some of the world's finest aviation photography but also notes dates of the EAA major fly-ins and is the perfect size for recording your appointments. EAA's 2008 World of Flight calendar is a great gift for aviation enthusiasts. Order yours online, or call 800-843-3612.
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Question of the Week
I am looking for the regulation that describes required dual instructor time. Specifically, where does it say that the aircraft used needs to have dual controls?

The regulation requiring dual controls for flight training is 14 CFR 91.109(a), which states in pertinent part:

"(a) No person may operate a civil aircraft (except a manned free balloon) that is being used for flight instruction unless that aircraft has fully functioning dual controls."

Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues, e-mail govt@eaa.org. For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft and medical certification, safety records, performance, or any other matter, e-mail infoserv@eaa.org.

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Like father, like son: Eric and Jimmy (front) Taliaferro of Ardmore, Oklahoma, fly their Piper PA-18s over Florida earlier this year. The photo was part of an air-to-air shoot by EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick during this year's Sun 'n Fun. Download the image for your computer at the EAA website and choose among five resolutions to suit your screen. You can also view and download any previously used EAA desktop image.
On the Flightline - General Aviation News
Cessna Aircraft Company confirmed Monday that it is seeking to acquire parts of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. According to a joint news release, the two companies signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) stating Cessna would acquire "selected assets and certain liabilities" of the Bend, Oregon-based aircraft manufacturer.  Read more

ARINC DirectSM today announced the addition of wireless mobile flight planning to its offerings. ARINC Direct MobileTM is designed for pilots and flight departments who want to create and submit flight plans using portable personal wireless devices. The service offers most of the features of ARINC's standard web-enabled flight planning. Customers using the mobile interface can create and file flight plans, view their planned route of flight with weather radar overlays, update a departure time, retrieve text weather, or view the status of flight plans in their account. They can also create, and fax or e-mail a trip kit. For more information visit www.arinc.com.

Sportsplanes.com announced the introduction of a new model, the Breezer II. Featuring a larger baggage compartment, an enlarged panel, and toe brakes that replace handbrake levers, the Breezer II will be certified as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). The Breezer II is a two-seat, low wing, all-aluminum LSA that includes a large panel with room for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) instruments. Qualified pilots may fly the aircraft at night or IFR. The Breezer II is manufactured in a new 17,000 square-foot facility in Germany, with expectations of 100 new aircraft produced annually by 2008. For more information, visit www.Sportsplanes.com.

Rick Schrameck, President and CEO of Epic Aircraft, announced a new partnership this week at NBAA with Indian billionaire Dr. Vijay Mallya. The deal provides Epic the ability to accelerate the process of bringing the company's growing line of aircraft to the certified market, as well as strengthening the company's relationships with customers and vendors worldwide. The company is in the advanced stages of flight-testing for the Dynasty, the 1200hp single-engine turboprop. They also unveiled two new very light jets at AirVenture this year, the twin-engine Elite and the single-engine Victory. Dr. Mallya owns and operates India's Kingfisher Airlines. For more information visit www.EpicAircraft.com, or call 1-888-FLY-EPIC.

Mooney Airplane Company has announced a combination of aerodynamic refinements to the latest version of the Acclaim. The company says the aircraft will now fly at a top speed of 242 knots and be known as the Acclaim-Type S. Priced at $599,500, deliveries of the Acclaim-Type S are forecast to commence during the first quarter of 2008. Powered by a Teledyne Continental Motors IO 550-G engine, it is equipped with dual Kelly Aerospace turbochargers that allow it to maintain sea level manifold pressure all the way to its service ceiling of 25,000 feet. For more information visit www.Mooney.com.

DayJet Corporation, Eclipse Aviation, Jet-Alliance, Inc., Linear Air, and SATSAir have come together to form the Next Generation Air Mobility Coalition (NGAMC). Through NGAMC, these companies will develop positions on public policies unique to their emerging industry. The group's mission is to provide increased air mobility by spurring the visibility, growth and acceptance of the next generation of air transportation. They plan to provide educational outreach to policy makers, work closely with Executive Branch agencies to ensure the next generation air transportation needs are addressed, and promote the identity of this new and revolutionary industry.

Those who love P-51 Mustangs are likely already in Columbus, Ohio, for this weekend's Gathering of Mustangs & Legends, billed as "four days of fun-filled flying with the P-51 Mustangs and their friends." Held at Rickenbacker International Airport, the event promises 100 of the venerable WWII fighters and more than 50 legends - men and women who flew and maintained the airplanes. Other participants include the WASP, Tuskegee Airmen, and U.S. Air Force, including the Thunderbirds. For more information about the event, which runs September 27-30, visit www.gml2007.com.

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